ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Khalil Greene is close to becoming a utility infielder for the Texas Rangers.
Greene has agreed to a one-year deal to fill a utility role for Texas, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract hadn't been finalized, and one of them said Monday that a physical was pending.
The Rangers were looking for a utility infielder who could play shortstop after the departure of free agent Omar Vizquel, who agreed to a $1.4 million deal with the Chicago White Sox in November. Greene has played 678 games at shortstop in his career, and his only 16 games at third base came last season with St. Louis.
Greene hit .200 with six homers in 77 games for the Cardinals last season. Before that, he was the starting shortstop for San Diego from 2004-08.
Texas also was working Monday to finalize a deal to make free agent Vladimir Guerrero its designated hitter. A person familiar with negotiations for Guerrero said late Saturday night that a deal had been reached with Texas, pending a physical.
Guerrero spent the last six seasons with the AL West rival Los Angeles Angels, who signed free-agent slugger Hideki Matsui and kept Bobby Abreu, leaving no room for Guerrero in their lineup.
Greene was acquired by St. Louis from San Diego last winter with expectations that he would be the Cardinals' starting shortstop. But Greene struggled and twice last summer went on the disabled list with social anxiety disorder. He lost his starting job at shortstop, then the Cardinals used him some at third base.
His final season with San Diego was cut short when he broke his left hand after punching a wall near the dugout in July 2008. He played only 105 games that season.
The 30-year-old Greene, a first-round pick by the Padres in the 2002 draft, is a .245 career hitter in 736 games the past seven seasons. He has a .975 career fielding average, and had only 11 errors in 153 starts at shortstop in 2007 for San Diego.
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